British settlements started at the end of the 18th Century
Up until the 1930s the government systematically removed Aboriginal children from their mothers “for their own good”, in an attempt to integrate them into white society and obliterate their aboriginality forever.
The aim was to eliminate the Aboriginal race altogether. This was thought to be the “kindest” strategy for dealing with “the problem”.
In the 1960’s Australian assimilation policy decided where the Aborigines could live and whom they could marry.
Aboriginal tribes began to develop self-supporting communities.
Today Aboriginal Land Rights Reform has given back about 11% of the country.
Picture: Lake Tyers Victoria Picture: Mugarinya people WA
National Sorry Day The first was held on 26 May 1998
'Bringing them Home' an inquiry into the forced removal of Aboriginal children - the 'Stolen Generation' - from their parents, families, communities and culture.
Officially acknowledged the responsibility of their predecessors for the laws, policies and practices of forced removal.
Australian Aboriginals - music
A good Ydaki
(didgeridoo) is hard to
come by. A Traditional
harvester walks over his
country tapping the
trunks of large trees,
and listens for the right
resonance from the hollows
created by the termites
Traditional Aboriginal Art
Dot painting by Pansy
Australia. Uses the designs
of her mother’s Dreaming.
Everything i seen from above.
U-symbol is people,
A circle or bull’s eye is a waterhole
Spiralling lines represent water.
Hunting weapons Spear throwing with a “wommera” Throwing a boomerang
The Pitjandjara tribe believe that Ayers Rock, their Uluru, rose miraculously out of a large red sand hill Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Current Aboriginal issues 2009
Mining and indigenous leaders work to lift communities out of poverty
Several mining companies and indigenous leaders are working on a plan to lift Aboriginal communities out of poverty. Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Research shows that attachment to traditional culture is important for Indigenous wellbeing . http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/19/2495568.htm
Captain James Cook’s landing at Botany Bay to take possession of Australia in 1770
Gold miners 1886
Swagman Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong , Under the shade of a coolibah-tree , And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled, "Who'll come a- waltzing Matilda with me? Waltzing Matilda,Waltzing Matilda, Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?" And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled, "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"
Too many kangaroos? The
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
has increased since
farmers cleared the land
and built dams.
Australia is home to many marsupials (pouched animals) like the koala and kangaroo
This researcher from The
University of Sydney
discovered that snakes are
truly creatures of habit
they always crossed the
road at the same time of
year and at the same place,
give or take 50 meters.
The only two
monotremes in the
world, the echidna
and the platypus , are
found in Australia.
Kookaburras ”laugh” to
mark their territory. Live on
snakes. Made famous by
the song “Kookaburra sits
in an old gum tree”
There are over 700 species
The Tasmanian devil is the last surviving carnivorous (meat eating) marsupial. It only comes out at night and is very shy. It is the size of a small dog but has enough strength in its teeth to eat a whole sheep, including the scull.